13 Reasons Why (2017– )
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Tape 1, Side A 

As the school mourns the death of Hannah Baker, her friend Clay receives a box of tapes with messages she recorded before committing suicide.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dylan Minnette ... Clay Jensen
Katherine Langford ... Hannah Baker
Christian Navarro ... Tony Padilla
Alisha Boe ... Jessica Davis (credit only)
Brandon Flynn ... Justin Foley
Justin Prentice ... Bryce Walker
Miles Heizer ... Alex Standall (credit only)
Ross Butler ... Zach Dempsey
Devin Druid ... Tyler Down
Amy Hargreaves ... Lainie Jensen
Derek Luke ... Kevin Porter
Kate Walsh ... Olivia Baker
Brian d'Arcy James ... Andy Baker
Josh Hamilton ... Matt Jensen
Keiko Agena ... Pam Bradley


High school teens mourn the suicide of their classmate Hannah. Clay Jensen is particularly sad. When he gets home he receives a package, containing old fashioned cassette tapes. When he starts to listen, it's Hannah, explaining her life, and why she is dead. Written by ahmetkozan

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Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

31 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

San Rafael, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The lead singer of Joy Division, Ian Curtis, committed suicide like the main character Hannah (played by Katherine Langford) in the show. Clay (Dylan Minnette) puts on the song "Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division in the car with Tony (Christian Navarro). See more »


When Clay tries to get up from the ground after he crashes his bike, a film light (2K Arrilite with black wrap) rigged to a tree is clearly visible throughout the shot. See more »


[first lines]
Hannah Baker: Hey, it's Hannah, Hannah Baker. That's right. Don't adjust your... whatever device you're listening to this on. It's me, live and in stereo. No return engagements, no encore. And this time absolutely no requests. Get a snack. Settle in. 'Cause I'm about to tell you the story of my life.
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Its bane and boon is- its way too truthful to its adaptation.
17 September 2017 | by parthpant19See all my reviews

I read 'Thirteen Reasons Why' five months back and I really enjoyed it- the concept of our little deeds really influencing someone to suicide was mind-blowing. Then the TV show happened and with a lot of hype. So I finally decide to check this aware that I will not be disappointed and I wasn't.

13 Reasons Why makes a familiar but still pleasing pilot, much thanks to its talented cast that worked very well especially the two leads Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford who deliver great performances especially the latter who gets into the skin of her character- that was the Hannah we wanted for 13 Reasons Why.

While the plot seems familiar since I am already acquainted with the book but impressively the makers and writers do add their own perspectives to make the story more relatable to its current audience- the dialogues that have Google maps in their context that wasn't quite a thing back in 2007 was really witty.

Overall liked it- the theme of the episode was well delivered.

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